Psychology A Level at Wanstead High School
Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and human behaviour. As such, it is important to emphasise that at A level students are assessed on how science works and will be expected describe and evaluate scientific research that has been conducted in the field.
At A level, the specification offers a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in psychology.
Paper 1: The study of Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology. Students will sit a 2 hour written exam.
Paper 2: The study of Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Method and Issues and Debates in Psychology. Students will sit a 2 hour written exam.
Paper 3: Students will study one topic from each of the option blocks:
- Option 1: Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development.
- Option 2: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress
- Option 3: Forensic Psychology or Addiction.
- Students will sit a 2 hour written exam based on their three chosen options (to be decided by teacher).
Grade B in GCSE Science, Grade B (6-9) in Maths, Grade C (4-9) in English Language. It is not necessary to have studied Psychology at GCSE level.
Many career opportunities are open to students who choose to further their studies in psychology or a related field. These include educational psychologists, occupational psychologists, marketing, criminology, clinical psychology, counselling, teaching, social work, human resource management or research.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wanstead High School directly.